If you are traveling for a short period of time it is possible that you will probably not pack enough to warrant checking your baggage however if you are traveling for a long period of time or you just like to pack your entire wardrobe with you when you travel you might find that checking your baggage is necessary. Unfortunately it can also be a large pain and can often cause you to pay extra fees. The problem with checking baggage is that the restrictions are getting tighter with every passing day. Therefore you need to know how to pack your bags the proper way. Not only will it save you a large hassle but it might also save you money. Here are several tips to help you start packing.
Connecting Flights Should All Be The Same Airline
If you are flying to somewhere that requires you to switch planes sometime during your travel experience you should try to book all connecting flights on the same airline. Of course this is not always possible but makes things much easier when it is. The reason for this is because if you are traveling on the same airline there is less chance of your luggage being damaged in travel or even being lost between the different carriers.
Book All Travel Through The Same Company
Another important tip is to try and make all reservations through the same company. This would include flights, cruises, tours, etc. Once again this will help to minimize the amount of handling your luggage will receive and if something does happen the company you booked through might be able to help you.
The Baggage Policy Of Your Airline
When you are getting ready to pack for your trip you should know what the policy is for your checked baggage. Many companies now charge for a checked bag and will charge you extra if your baggage is over the designated weight limit. It is better to know this before you start to pack instead of getting a surprise when you are checking in.
Any Important Should Be Packed In A Carry On
If you are packing anything important that you know you will need in your carry on bag. This should include any medicine, telephone charges, or other things that you can not live a day without. This way if your baggage is lost or damaged you will have the important items with you.
When you check your baggage you should receive a claim ticket for each bag that is checked. It is important that you keep these tickets safe and with you. One way to do this is by using a passport wallet. Not only will your claim tickets be safe but you can also keep all important documents such as your itineraries and you passport in one place.
Use A TSA Approved Lock
Even though your baggage has been checked it is still possible that it can be inspected. If you use a TSA approved lock your bag can be inspected without the officers damaging your bag. If you have a lock that they cannot get into you a subject to damage and the airline would not be responsible for it.
Make Your Luggage Stand Out
Many times luggage can look like someone else’s baggage. However if you make your luggage stand out against the rest you will have an easier time finding your luggage to claim it and you will also have a less chance that someone else will wander off with your bag. It is also important to put your name and contact information on the outside of your bag.
There are many tips that you can receive when you are getting ready to travel. Sometimes it is possible to overlook the tips you are receiving regarding packing and checking your baggage. If you pay attention to these tips you will find that your traveling experience will be much more enjoyable and you will not have to worry about your personal items.
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